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CARRBORO MEN, RALEIGH CHARTER WOMEN TAKE TITLES IN NCHSAA STATE 1-A/2-A SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARY -- Junior Chris Gondek anchored two victorious relay teams and won the individual 200 freestyle event to lead Carrboro to the men's team championship in convincing fashion in the All American Swim Supply-North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A/2-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center on Thursday.
Carrboro's Jaguars rolled to their second consecutive men's state crown, compiling a whopping 358.5 points as the Carrboro 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams established new state 1-A/2-A records as well as the 400 freestyle relay.
Lake Norman Charter was runner-up with 181 points, followed in order by West Davidson (157), Raleigh Charter (142) and a tie for fifth between Kernersville Bishop McGuinness and North Lincoln at 140 each.
There were 40 schools which scored in the men's meet.
Junior Joe Bonk of Raleigh Charter captured first place in both the 50 and the 100 freestyle events and was named the Most Valuable Performer of the meet for the second consecutive year. In both events, he qualified for an automatic All-American time and set another new 1A/2A record in the 100 free, breaking his own state mark set a year ago.
The women's team race was much tighter, with three teams battling for top honors right up to the final event. Raleigh Charter held on to win with 227 points, followed by Lake Norman Charter with 216 and Carrboro just a point back in third with 215. Bishop McGuinness (137) was fourth and East Lincoln (131) fifth as 40 teams tallied in the women's meet.
Durham School of the Arts senior Theresa Meyer was a double winner in distance races, taking state titles in both the 200 free and 500 free. Freshman sensation Alexandra Martelle of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Mooresboro won the 200 individual medley as well as the 100 breaststroke. They shared MVP honors in the women's meet.
(COMPLETE SCORES AND RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE BY CLICKING LINK CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS ON FRONT PAGE AND THEN CLICKING ON SWIMMING)